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Rochester Review
May-June 2010
Vol. 72, No. 5

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BY THE NUMBERS‘World’s Biggest Science Experiment’
collider (Photo: CERN)

The Large Hadron Collider, a circular tunnel straddling the French-Swiss border near Geneva, began operation on March 30 this year. During its initial run, “the world’s biggest science experiment” set a record for energy as protons collided at almost the speed of light. By studying the byproducts of such collisions, scientists—including Rochester researchers—will investigate the fundamental building blocks of matter.